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Read every word. This is the dark truth about why the United States is on the wrong side of the Gulf. Why its allies have destroyed the democrats of the Arab Spring, deliberately, turned it into an Islamist and jihadi nightmare, and why we must completely rethink our allies and adversaries. Someday the story will be told of the decline of America at the hands of its despotic and repressive allies who made this country die on the altar of military and oil sales. And I include right-wing led Israel and Pakistan in this disaster of allies. yes, Iran must give up or neutralize Assad, but that is impossible as long it faces an American armed coalition surrounding it on all sides. We have solutions here, and the greatest victims, are Sunni peoples, held hostage by desperately insane Wahhabi regimes.

The New Yorker, Iran and the ‘Coalition of Repenters’ (Click here to access the article)

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Men and Women in War

by mgopin on September 26, 2014 · 0 comments

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“Force protection”. A clean phrase, and its cousin “collateral damage”, that actually mean together that today, men don’t get killed in war much. The vast majority of the dead and wounded are women and children. From Syria to Gaza, from Afghanistan to Congo. The luckier women escape the bombs aimed at them, the luckier ones escape the rape aimed at them. They are merely left to care for abandoned children who have lost their food and lost their minds. People think that ISIS and Boko Haram are the great evil of the world against women, formerly it was the Taliban as the great embodiment of evil against women. But in truth, they are just the caricatures, the showpiece cowards, who flaunt their insanity. The truth is that the entire modern construct of male war is an act of cowardice, where the majority of victims are women and children. Men have become cowards hiding behind their masks and their armor and their artillery. Let’s face it, the age of men’s honor in war is over. Now it is the women who have become the valiant and the fearless, shuttling back and forth across war zones to protect the children and whatever is left of life. Women of war zones need to rise up together, as the Liberian women did. They must humiliate the men, as never before. This works. Taboo, shaming, is a powerful form of nonviolent resistance against barbarism in the history of conflict mitigation. They must shame their men, and they must shame us, the bystanders and enablers.

Women

 

(Photo: Reuters/Stoyan Neno)

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Please check out this great story!

Bethlehem Udi Goren

Using Israeli and Palestinian Guides, Tour Group Helps Visitors ‘Experience the People’ 

Liel Maghen, an Israeli tour guide from Jerusalem, says that since starting to work with MEJDI he has watched tourists open their minds, but also expanded his own knowledge.
“Every time I join a group, I learn something new about my life and my city,” Maghen says. “My identity is more complete when I hear about the other narrative.”

Palestinian tour guide Tamer Omari has a similar perspective. He says a lot of people have already made up their minds about whose side they are on when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pastor John Moyle of Oakbrook Church in Reston, Va., who has gone on three trips with MEJDI, says that on a recent tour, he met with Israeli and Palestinian families through the Parents Circle Families Forum, which brings together Jews and Arabs who have lost family members through the conflict and want to use their losses to work toward a different future.
“They are not doing tours for the sake of people just having a great time—though you do have a great time,” Moyle says. “But there is something deeper and greater going on there. They are helping people understand that the world is deeper, more complex. And in the process, they are trying to make the world a better place.”

Please click here to read the whole article.

 

(Photo: Udi Goren)

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To Washington

DRUGS

Don’t go to a drug dealer for a cure,
When the drug addict is deteriorating.
Don’t go to funders of extremism for a cure,
When their victims are deteriorating.

MAJORITIES AND MINORITIES

Being a majority is no excuse for amnesia,
Being a minority is no excuse for paranoia,
If you are both, then you are screwed.
Destined to ignore the past,
But be suspicious about why everyone hates you.

RETIREMENT

Do not ever retire,
From the purpose
Of your life.

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Event Appearance at Johns Hopkins University

by mgopin on September 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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This morning, I was privileged to talk at an great event of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, as one of the speakers.
Please check out the website and the video of this whole event.

“IS THE WORLD FALLING APART?”
September 16, 2014
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum
at Kennedy Auditorium, SAIS- Johns Hopkins University

 
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Of Gods, Tribes, and Battles

by mgopin on September 16, 2014 · 0 comments

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GOD
If you cannot find God,
Find the persecuted,
Then you are home.

TRIBE
Tribalism is an infectious disease
Human rights is the antidote
But force feeding can kill the patient

BATTLES
Some battles that you want to win,
Will defeat you if you win.
Some battles if you lose,
Then you will win.
Think.
Blessed be reason.

hug

 

(Photo: A Different Angle)

 

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Manhood

by mgopin on September 12, 2014 · 0 comments

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manhood
Who is a real man?
He who turns an enemy
Into a friend.

Who is a real man?
He who conquers
His worst impulses.

Who is a real man?
He who takes the blows,
For innocents in harm’s way.

Who is a real man?
He who stands up to anyone,
Especially his own tribe,
In defense of the defenseless.

Who is a real man?
He who willfully withholds,
His strong fist.

Who is a real man?
He who admits
His sins.

DNA Poker Player!
Please create such men,
And dispense with us Neanderthals.

 

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Encyclopedia Humanica

by mgopin on September 11, 2014 · 0 comments

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Water- encyclopedia humanica
Every human being,
Is a walking encyclopedia,
Infinite indigenous knowledge,
Of local realities,
That no one,
Will ever,
Fully know.
Why do we walk past?
We are discoverers,
Above all else,
We wander,
To the farthest reaches,
Of the earth.
Why do we walk past?
Melville, Conrad,
Escaped to the high seas,
To discover the world.
But the boat,
It contained infinite depths,
Even deeper than the sea,
That anyone dared ever discover.
The journey to the strange other,
The darkest, most dangerous,
Most joyous,
Adventure.

 

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This is very important in the ISIS issue.

International New York Time, Escaping Death in Northern Iraq

Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier and a Shiite, was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June and taken to the grounds of a palace complex in Tikrit where Saddam Hussein once lived.

“I saw my daughter in my mind, saying, ‘Father, father,’ ” he said.
He felt a bullet pass by his head, and fell forward into the freshly dug trench.
“I just pretended to be shot,” he said.
A few moments later, Mr. Kadhim said, one of the killers walked among the bodies and saw that one man who had been shot was still breathing.

…The story of the massacre tells as much about the woeful state of the Iraqi military, a force created and trained by the United States at a cost of billions of dollars, as it does about the cruelty of ISIS.

To read the whole article, please click here.

 

 

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Thoughts on Our War World

by mgopin on September 8, 2014 · 0 comments

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Issac

STARVING COSMOS 

How can we listen to sad love songs,
When there are so many starving for love?
Who the hell do we think we are?
What rights for pity do we think we have,
When outside our doorstep,
Is a cosmos of love-starved beings?

COSMIC ANNIHILATION CREATION

We, we are the Higgs boson,
We are elusive,
Impossible to discover,
Yet everywhere.
[click to continue…]

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